Radio New Zealand - Wednesday, 19th November 2008

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The best song ever written - Motorcycle Song
For Lindis Capper-Starr the best song ever written is Motorcycle Song by Arlo Guthrie. [more]

Link 3
Link 3 the music game where we ask you to identify the link between the songs. [more]

Jonestown massacre
Its 30 years to the day since the Jonestown massacre, the images of the hundreds of dead, bloated bodies continue to shock. [more]

Star Gazing
A dream to protect the night skies above Tekapo is set to become reality, with the area soon to be a World Heritage site. [more]

He Rourou for 19 November 2008
In He Rourou today Ana Tapiata talks with Henare Kingi about the Labour party and the number of Maori MPs in Parliament. [more]

Feature Album - Silent Alarm
The feature album today is Silent Alarm by english rock band Bloc Party. Released in 2005, it eventually went to #3 in the UK. [more]

Virtual World with Hamish MacEwan
Today Hamish MacEwan tells us about Google's mobile search application for Apple's iPhone. [more]

Auckland Story"Volcanoes Jan Lindsay"
A group of scientists has set out to determine if there's any discernible pattern to past eruptions in Auckland. [more]

Environment Story
Liekens come in all shapes, sizes and colours and there are 1,700 different varieties that grow in New Zealand alone. [more]

The Panel (Part 1)
Guests David Slack and Richard Griffin join the panel today. [more]

The Panel (Part2)
Guests David Slack and Richard Griffin join the panel today. [more]

Business News

Morning Business News for 19 November 2008
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Markets Update
A quick update of movements in the financial sector. [more]

Midday Business News for 19 November 2008
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]

Evening Business
News from the business sector including a market report. [more]


Key sworn in as Prime Minister
National leader John Key was sworn into office today along with his ministers and ministers from National's support parties. [more]

Reaction to swearing in of new Cabinet
Radio New Zealand Political editor Brent Edwards gives his overview of the new Cabinet. [more]

Anti-violence services can prevent more deaths - Mayor
Rotorua's Mayor says the community's anti-violence services together can prevent another death like Nia Glassie's. [more]

Air NZ to axe 200 staff
The national carrier says one hundred long-haul cabin crew will go as well as almost 70 technical and management jobs. [more]

All Blacks snatch victory
Joe Rokocoko snatched the win with a try in the last few nail biting minutes that left the score 18 - 16. [more]

Sports News
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Jim Anderton joins forces with Labour
The party's leader, Phil Goff, says he intends to appoint Mr Anderton as the Opposition spokesperson on Agriculture. [more]

ERMA approves GM organism for use
The first ever genetically modified organism has been sanctioned for release in New Zealand. [more]

Auto companies ask US Congress for bailout
The head of General Motors is warning the economy will go into a catastrophic collapse if they are not bailed out. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

NZ wineries praised by influential wine commentator
Robert Parker Junior, who's been a wine critic for more than 30 years, has awarded a five star rating to five NZ wineries. [more]

Two more ships hijacked in the Gulf of Aden
It follows the seizure at the weekend of a Saudi super tanker carrying a cargo of 2 million barrels of oil. [more]

History almost repeats itself in Limerick
But the luck was not with the Irish today, and the team's 1978 win over NZ will remain its greatest accomplishment for now. [more]

Auckland City Councilors critical of small savings
Some Auckland Councilors are critical of the small savings earmarked for the council's marketing and communications department. [more]

Thieves hold up Auckland supermarket
Thieves have stolen tens of thousands of dollars from an Auckland supermarket in an audacious hold up at knifepoint. [more]

Air New Zealand announce job cuts
The national carrier says one hundred long-haul cabin crew will go as well as 68 technical and management jobs. [more]

Northland dairy farmer fined for polluting stream
The Kaipara farmer, Michael Griffiths, admitted two charges of illegally discharging effluent in August last year. [more]

Jury still out in South Auckland murder retrial
Prestman Vesiputa Tauira is accused of deliberately running down and killing FaaFetai Lafolua. [more]

Dispute over sales of school uniforms
Some parents and school uniform suppliers say that prices are being forced up by a lack of competition. [more]

Sports News
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Cancer Society cleared over sunscreen labelling
The Cancer Society has been cleared of falsely advertising sunscreen as more effective than it actually is. [more]

Orchardists praise Pacific Islander recruitment scheme
The Tasman apple growers also believe providing on-farm accommodation makes for happier, more productive workers. [more]

Embryonic stem cell research could be back on agenda in US
United States funding for embryonic stem cell research could be back on the agenda if Barack Obama gets his way. [more]

Northern Ireland's two main parties reach deal
Northern Ireland's two main parties have reached a deal breaking a long deadlock that had been threatening its government. [more]

Scientists invent new organ transplant method
Scientists have invented a way of transplanting an organ so patients don't have to take anti-rejection drugs. [more]

Environmentalists head to California for summit
Environmental officials and activists from around the world are arriving in California for an environment summit. [more]

"Australia"World premier
In the hope of boosting tourism to Australia the new film"Australia"had its World premier last night. [more]

Midday Report

Midday News for 19 November 2008
Midday Report news bulletin. [more]

Midday Sports News for 19 November 2008
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Morning Report

Top Stories for 19 November 2008
Top stories including reaction to verdict of Nia Glassie murder trial. [more]

The Kea
Listen to todays bird call. [more]

National accused of a carbon tax u-turn
The Greens are accusing the National Government of game-playing over a u-turn on the carbon tax. [more]

Pacific News for 19 November 2008
The latest from the Pacific region. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Brothers convicted of murdering Nia Glassie
Universal condemnation and long prison sentences. [more]

Reaction from Nia's wider family to the court decision
Toby Curtis, a spokesperson for the Curtis family comments. [more]

Police reaction to convictions in Glassie case
Detective Garry Hawkins, was second in command of the investigation and who oversaw the prosecution through to the convictions. [more]

National's Simon Power on tougher sentences
Mr Power will be sworn in as Justice Minister later today along with the rest of National's cabinet. [more]

Two more vessels hijacked by pirates
Two more vessels have been hijacked by pirates off the coast of Kenya following the capture of a supertanker of oil. [more]

Update from Jhia Te Tua trial
Our Court reporter Ann Marie May is following the trial and comments on the latest revelations. [more]

Forestry plant under threat
Yet another forestry plant is under threat and with jobs disappearing the sector's looking to the incoming Govt for answers. [more]

All Blacks to play Munster this morning
In just over an hour Piri Weepu will lead the All Blacks on to the field against the Irish club. [more]

Sports News
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Threats of legal action over Rosehill College uniform
Parents in the Auckland suburb of Papakura say they support a rebel uniform shop which is being threatened with legal action. [more]

NZ Medical Association pressures new Govt over DHBs
Association wants cut backs on the 21 DHBs as part of its signalled drive to slash the bueracracy. [more]

International dairy prices fall
Dairy cooperative Fonterra says there's no sigh of the unprecedented rollercoaster slowing. [more]

Child Youth and Family - Nia Glassie
Ray Smith is the head of CYF. [more]

G20 countries push for new accord
The G20 countries are now pushing for a new accord in the World Trade Organisation's Doha round by the end of the year. [more]

Rosehill College uniform debate
Principal of Rosehill College, Graeme Macann, and Janet Igrisan, the managing director of the Uniform Shoppe. [more]

Sports News
An update from the team at RNZ Sport. [more]

Anniversary match Munster vs AB's
Munster beat the All Blacks in 1978 and, not surprisingly, Irish fans are hoping to see history repeated. [more]

Warnings of skin laser therapy
The Health and Disability Commission is warning about the risks of using a popular beauty therapy. [more]

Ructions in the Nelson City Council
There are ructions in the Nelson City Council over a councillor who's living, working and getting paid now in Auckland. [more]

Waatea News
News from the Waatea team. [more]

Qantas 747 damaged
It collided with another plane while being towed on the ground. [more]

Mickey Mouse turns 80 today
He made his first appearance in a short film in 1928 and is today a favourite of children all around the world. [more]


The Intervention
Julie Nimmo and her documentary about last year's claims that there was aboriginal child abuse in the Northern Territories [more]

clue 5 [more]

Clue 6 [more]

Nine To Noon

Child abuse
Has anything been learned from Nia Glassie's death? [more]

World-leading vaccine researcher from Africa
Professor Richard Adegbola is to speak at the inaugural conference of the Otago International Health Research Network this week. [more]

Australia correspondent
Paul Barclay reports from Melbourne. [more]

Feature Guest - Jon Plowman
BBC Producer, he's best known as the producer of Absolutely Fabulous, French and Saunders and The Vicar Of Dibley. [more]

Book Review - 'My Sister My Love'
Catriona Ferguson reviews 'My Sister My Love' by Joyce Carol Oates. Published by Fourth Estate. [more]

Music - Marty Duda
Artist of the week is Todd Rundgren. [more]

Law - Robert Lithgow QC
Wellington barrister Robert Lithgow is todays guest. [more]

Film Review - Graeme Tuckett
Graeme reviews Ricky Gervais new film Ghost Town along with Irina Palm. [more]

Rural News

Morning Rural News for 19 November 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]

Midday Rural News for 19 November 2008
News from the rural and farming sector. [more]


Maria Kliegel
Top German cellist in the country to tour with the NZSO. [more]

David Burchell
City of Dunedin Choir Musical Director previews concert of Bach's 'Christmas Oratorio' in collaboration with Southern Sinfonia. [more]

Graeme Cairns
Member of Big Muffin Serious Band - Aka 'Laird McGillicuddy' - talks about NZ Ukelele Festival and Hamilton Concert. [more]

News stories:

Big crowd on hand in Limerick
The crowd is building already around Thomond Park in Limerick for this morning's match between the All Blacks and Munster. The ground has been redeveloped and the official opening by ... [more]

Gatland makes only one change for All Blacks test
Wales rugby coach Warren Gatland has recalled the starting team that lost 20-15 to South Africa 10 days ago for this weekend's test against the All Blacks at the Millennium ... [more]

Bell wants more runs in State Championship
Gaining a recall to the national side is still in the back of the mind of the Wellington cricket captain Mathew Bell. Bell broke Bert Sutcliffe's record for most centuries ... [more]

Unchanged Kiwi lineup for World Cup final
The Kiwis will take an unchanged line-up into the Rugby League World Cup grand final against Australia at Suncorp Stadium in Brisbane on Saturday night. Coach Stephen Kearney has retained ... [more]

Kiwi pair escape with cautions
The Kiwi league captain Nathan Cayless and prop Sika Manu have been let off with cautions ahead of Saturday's World Cup final against Australia in Brisbane. The tournament match ... [more]

Armstrong says he could be attacked by Tour de France spectators
Cycling legend Lance Armstrong fears he could be attacked by spectators if he returns to the Tour de France next year. The seven-time Tour champion, who is making a comeback after ... [more]

Ecclestone wants gold medals to decide F1 title
The money man behind Formula One Bernie Ecclestone has floated the idea of gold medals being awarded to race winners next year, and the world championship would be won ... [more]

Drogba banned for three games
The Chelsea striker Didier Drogba has been banned for three games following an incident during a League Cup match last week. The Ivory Coast international admitted a charge ... [more]

Cousins might abandon high profile comeback
Ben Cousins might abandon his planned Australian Rules comeback because the AFL's drug-testing regime he'll have to abide by is too tough. Cousins manager Ricky Nixon is expected to ... [more]

Rickert named player of the week
The New Zealand Breaker's star import Rick Rickert has been named Player of the Week for Round Nine of the Australian national Basketball League after the American big man guided his ... [more]

Aussies delay team naming for Gabba test
The Australian cricket selectors have delayed the naming of their side for the first test against the Black Caps, possibly until just before play starts tomorrow at the Gabba ... [more]

Cabinet to be sworn into office today
Ministers in the new Government will be sworn into office on Wednesday morning. [more]

More market volatility ahead, Fonterra warns
Fonterra is warning farmers to expect volatility in global dairy markets to be the norm, rather than the exception. The company says this makes it increasingly difficult to forecast prices. [more]

Ford to sell Mazda stake
Ford is selling a 20% stake in Mazda. The holding is valued at$US543 million. Ford took control of the Japanese carmaker in 1996. [more]

Belgian brewer completes Budweiser merger
Belgium-based brewer InBev has completed a $US52 billion takeover of Anheuser-Busch to create the world's largest brewer. Budweiser's headquarters would remain in St Louis. [more]

Search for Clutha River teenager ended
Police have suspend their search for a Dunedin teenager who disappeared in the Clutha River a week ago. [more]

Cruise ship passenger falls off wharf
A passenger on a cruise ship visiting Napier had to be rescued on Tuesday after he fell off a wharf at the port. [more]

No more blind eye when children tortured - Jigsaw
New Zealanders are being told to stop turning a blind eye to child abuse in the wake of the Nia Glassie case. Jigsaw says it is clear that neighbours were witnesses to her torture. [more]

Morning Report: local papers
Wednesday's papers: child's mother swears she did not know what was going on while her child was abused and killed; nationwide house sales down 44% in the first half of the year; further delays expected for new Navy ship. [more]

FTSE ends 1.9% higher
The FTSE 100 index in Britain ended 1.9% higher on Tuesday after a rally on Wall Street offset more turmoil in the financial sector. [more]

Man due in court after assault on woman
A man will appear in the Auckland District Court on Wednesday morning in connection with an attack on a Chinese woman in her home in Mount Roskill. [more]

American Samoans vote for a Governor and Lt Governor
A special run off election vote is now underway in American Samoa for a governor and and lt governor for the Territory. None of the four teams who ran in... [more]

5.7 magnitude earthquake strikes Vanuatu
A 5.7 magnitude earthquake struck off Vanuatu early this morning but no tsunami warning was immediately issued. The US Geological Survey says the quake hit just after 1 o'clock, 157... [more]

McCullum says Australia deserve favouratism
The New Zealand cricket vice-captain Brendan McCullum says Australia deserve to be favourites for the 2-test series starting in Brisbane tomorrow. Many Australian pundits say weather is the only thing ... [more]

Maradona doesn't understand Butcher's stance
Diego Maradona says he won't lose any sleep over Terry Butcher's refusal to shake hands with him at tomorrow's football friendly against Scotland. Maradona will make his debut as Argentina ... [more]

Cambo meets up with Lee
Michael Campbell and New Zealand's US Amateur golf champion Danny Lee have enjoyed each other's company during practice ahead of this week's Hong Kong Open. They met on the practice ... [more]

Ballesteros out of intensive care
The Spanish golf great Seve Ballesteros has been moved out of intensive care as he continues his recovery from surgery on a brain tumour. 51 year old Ballesteros had three ... [more]

Spanish golfer moves out of intensive care
The five times golf major winner Seve Ballesteros has been moved out of intensive care and is continuing to recover from surgery on a brain tumour. The 51-year-old Spaniard was ... [more]

Ferguson banned from touchline
The Manchester United manager Sir Alex Ferguson has been given a two-match touchline ban and fined almost 30 thousand dollars by the Football Association. The Scot admitted a charge of ... [more]

Singapore deal for beverage company
Charlies Group says a leading Asian retailer, Dairy Farm Group, is to sell a range of its products in Singapore in a deal that could double the size of the company. Dairy Farm Group has 4000 outlets across Asia. [more]

Labour Govt ends
Helen Clark has carried out her last official duty as prime minister of New Zealand. [more]

Report says larger sports can weather financial crisis
The world financial crisis is likely to squeeze sports with limited global reach , such as, hockey and swimming but a report says football, basketball, horse racing and rugby will be ... [more]

Pacific Islands' Nalaga banned 22 days
Fiji winger Napoleoni Nalaga of the Pacific Islands team as been suspended for 22 days by the International Rugby Board following his dismissal against France last weekend. The Clermont player will ... [more]

Kiwis name unchanged team
Kiwi coach Stephen Kearney has named an unchanged line-up to face Australia in the rugby league World Cup final in Brisbane on Saturday night. Kearney has also retained the13 who started ... [more]

Child's death just "one of those things" - killers' family
The family of two brothers found guilty of murdering Nia Glassie says the child's death is "one of those things" that just happens. [more]

All Blacks escape at Limerick
The All Blacks have beaten Munster 18-16 at Limerick after trailing for most of the game. The match started with a haka from Munster's New Zealand players, Doug Howlett, Rua Tipoki, ... [more]

A French Polynesia veteran politician accuses French government of hypocrisy
A French Polynesia's veteran politician, Gaston Flosse, has accused the French government of hypocrisy and lying in its plans to reform the pension system. Mr Flosse, who is a member... [more]

American Samoa's Senate President withdraws petition
American Samoa's Senate President has withdrawn a petition seeking the high court to invalidate the November 4 election results on the referendum ballot which would grant veto-override to the legislature. [more]

Candidate running for Presidency of Bougainville says he can improve development
Martin Miriori, who is running for the presidency of the autonomous Papua New Guinea province of Bougainville, says he can improve development by making better use of aid. Mr Miriori,... [more]

Strike at Sheraton Hotel in French Polynesian leads to closure of hotel
A strike by some staff at the Sheraton Hotel in the French Polynesian capital, Papeete, has prompted management to close the hotel for the time being. The stoppage was called... [more]

Airline ready to start once agreement with Solomon Islands government signed
The airline SkyAirWorld says it is excited and is ready to commence work once an agreement is signed with the Solomon Islands government and landowners to redevelop Anuha. The Chief... [more]

PNG's capital goes through a cement shortage
Papua New Guinea's capital, Port Moresby, is experiencing a shortage of cement, with demand out-pacing the supply due to an increase in construction activities in the city and elsewhere in... [more]

Oil prices still falling
Oil prices fell again on Tuesday to close at $US54.39 on the New York Mercantile Exchange. [more]

Starkist in American Samoa says workers will be told this week of new measures
The largest employer in American Samoa, StarKist Samoa, says it will inform its workers throughout this week about some of the cost cutting measures it plans to implement. The company's... [more]

Wall St rises in late rally
Stocks in the United States have staged a late rally after a choppy session. Trading volume was moderate on the New York Stock Exchange. [more]

Small fire at Wellington District Court
A small fire led to the evacuation of the Wellington District Court on Wednesday morning. It is not thought to be suspicious. [more]

NGO critical of PNG's mining monitoring
A Papua New Guinea NGO says the Government has got its priorities wrong for mining developments. The country is experiencing a mining boom but Matilda Koma, of the Centre for... [more]

Fiji coup case appeal to be heard in March
The appeal by members of Fiji's ousted Government against the High Court ruling that validated the 2006 military takeover will be heard in March next year. While deliberating on the... [more]

Kiribati approves Digicel project to set up cellphone network
The Kiribati government has approved Digicel's proposal to invest 9.3 million US dollars to roll out its mobile phone network in Kiribati. Pacific Magazine reports that Digicel will spend 85... [more]

Heavy writedowns posted by Macquarie Group
Australasian investment bank Macquarie Group has posted a 43% slide in first-half profit due to heavy writedowns. [more]

American Samoan absentee ballots to be counted today
Just 26 off-island absentee ballots will be counted in today's special run off election in American Samoa for governor and lieutenant governor. This compares to the 269 such votes counted... [more]

Lae project at risk over PNG landowners' threat
A major development project in the Papua New Guinea city of Lae is under threat of being abandoned following a dispute between traditional landowners and two stakeholders. The Post Courier... [more]

Sablan confirmed as first CNMI delegate to US Congress
After more than 900 absentee ballots were counted in the Commonwealth of the Northern Marianas, Gregorio Sablan has been confirmed as the winner in the territory's first US congressional election. [more]

Fifth of Fiji's teenagers overweight, according to new study
A survey has found that 22 percent of 13 to 18-year-olds in Fiji are either overweight or obese. The study was part of Fiji School of Medicine's Obesity Prevention in... [more]

Port Courier banned from PNG budget launch
The Post Courier newspaper was shut out of the Papua New Guinea Government's lock up ahead of the Budget announcement yesterday. The paper says the unprecedented ban was prompted by... [more]

PNG budget praised for rural services support
The Papua New Guinea Institute of National Affairs says a lift in funding for basic services in the provinces is probably the best feature of the 2009 Budget. The Treasurer... [more]

Main player in PNG's Lae Port project confident dispute will be resolved
The main body executing a major development project in the Papua New Guinea city of Lae says it's confident of resolving a dispute with traditional landowners. Ahi landowners have threatened... [more]

Armstong fears being attacked on Tour de France
Lance Armstrong fears being attacked by spectators when he makes his return to cycling's Tour de France next year. The American, a seven-times winner of the Tour, believes he could ... [more]

Ponting's got plenty on his mind and it's not the Black Caps
The Australian cricket captain Ricky Ponting's got plenty on his mind a day out from the first test against New Zealand and it has little to do with the Black ... [more]

Stuart sticks with tried and true for rugby league world cup final
The Warriors centre Brent Tate has been included in Australia's lineup for the rugby league world cup final against New Zealand in Brisbane on Saturday night. Coach Ricky Stuart's ... [more]

Holyfield convinced he'll re-write boxing history
The former champion Evander Holyfield is convinced he'll re-write boxing history next month in Zurich when he challenges WBA heavyweight champ Nikolai Valuev. The 46-year-old could become the oldest title-holder ... [more]

Walcott ruled out of England-Germany game
The Arsenal forward Theo Walcott's been ruled out of England's football friendly against Germany after dislocating his shoulder while training at Berlin's Olympic Stadium. The 19-year-old has had ... [more]

Nelson council member accused of double dipping
A Nelson City Council member accuses a colleague of double dipping, by retaining her role in Nelson while living and working in Auckland. Cr Denise Henigan acknowledges she has been absent for six meetings. [more]

Private sector involvement tipped in ACC
The Government has hinted at the prospect of private sector involvement in accident compensation. [more]

Anderton to form coalition with Labour
Progressive Party leader Jim Anderton says his party will form an Opposition coalition with the Labour Party. [more]

House sales down 44%
An analysis by Infometrics shows the number of houses being sold in New Zealand dropped by 44% in the first half of this year. [more]

Medical Association wants fewer DHBs
The Medical Association wants the Government to reduce the number of district health boards from 21. It says New Zealand has the same population as Melbourne, but geography dictates the level of service. [more]

SH1 reopens following fatal Kapiti crash
State Highway 1 between Pukerua Bay and Paekakariki, north of Wellington, has reopened following a fatal crash. [more]

Govt to tighten sentencing for crimes against children
The Government is pledging to tighten sentencing for crimes against children. [more]

Resthome criticised over treatment of stroke patient
A resthome and several nurses have been roundly criticised for failing to give an elderly patient the medicine she was meant to have after a stay in hospital. [more]

PNG's main paper snubs government budget in protest
Papua New Guinea's biggest newspaper is not running any stories on the 2009 Budget after it was banned from the lock up for media ahead of the Budget launch on... [more]

Vanuatu government again faces no confidence challenge
Thirteen members of the Vanuatu parliament have filed a motion of no-confidence against the prime minister, Edward Natapei. The third motion since the election of Mr Natapei two months ago,... [more]

Public sector strike affects New Caledonia's administration
A public sector strike for better pay in New Caledonia has continued to affect part of the administration despite an earlier claim by the president that differences had been overcome. [more]

Fonterra to expand processing capacity at Mosgiel
Fonterra is to establish a large dry store and cool store at Mosgiel, near Dunedin. It will be the second largest in the country. [more]

Expected message given to Federated Farmers
Prime Minister John Key has given farmers the messages that they want to hear. [more]

$67,000 fine for polluting Northland stream
A dairy farmer and contractor have been fined $67,000 for polluting a Kaipara stream in Northland. [more]

Penguin research uncovers older species
New research has revealed the yellow-eyed penguin has not lived in New Zealand as long as first thought. [more]

Three charged with New Plymouth murder
Three men have been charged with the murder of a man in New Plymouth at the weekend. [more]

Error in NCEA calculus exam
The NZQA says an error in a formula sheet for an NCEA calculus exam will be taken into account come marking time. [more]

Cancer Society cleared over sunscreen labelling
A Commerce Commission report has cleared the Cancer Society of false advertising on its sunscreen product, but instead found that laboratory testing procedures need to be reviewed. [more]

Air NZ blames job cuts on falling customer numbers
Air New Zealand is to axe 200 fulltime jobs, saying the cuts are necessary to match falls in the number of customers. [more]

World likely to become more protectionist - Goff
Outgoing Trade Minister Phil Goff has warned farmers that the world is likely to become more protectionist as the global recession bites deeper. [more]

Auckland firm to build Whangarei stadium
The contract for a $16 million new rugby stadium in Whangarei is to go to Auckland company Argon Construction. [more]

Guidelines on sale of school uniforms
The Commerce Commission will issue guidelines in November outlining the best practice for school uniform sales. [more]

Eden Park board granted more time over loan
Auckland City Council has approved a request from the Eden Park Trust Board, allowing it to stop repaying the principal on a loan it received. [more]

Call to trim more from council's communications dept
Some Auckland City councillors are critical of small savings earmarked for its communications department, while severe cuts are made elsewhere to keep rates increases down. [more]

Dunedin trust names preferred contractor for stadium
The group behind plans for a new Dunedin stadium has announced Hawkins Construction is the preferred contractor to build the $188 million fully enclosed building. [more]

Nelson orchardists praise seasonal worker scheme
Nelson orchardists are praising the Pacific Islander seasonal recruitment scheme, saying direct employment by owners is preventing problems that have caused controversy in the Marlborough wine industry. [more]

Conflict of interest not divulged, fraud case told
Fraud-accused Michael Swann should have declared a conflict of interest over his friendship with co-accused Kerry Harford, the High Court in Dunedin has been told. [more]

Mayor confident other child deaths will be prevented
Rotorua Mayor Kevin Winters says he is confident efforts to pull the community's anti-violence services together can prevent another death such as that of Nia Glassie. [more]

Guam lawmakers oppose Bush administration's monument plans
Lawmakers in Guam are opposing the proposal by the Bush administration in the US to create a Marianas Trench Marine Monument. The Saipan Tribune reports that Guam senators have passed... [more]

American Samoa's incumbent Governor wins gubernatorial run-off
Preliminary results from American Samoa's gubernatorial run off election show that the incumbents Governor Togiola Tulafono and Lt, Governor Faoa Ipulasi Sunia have been returned to power. The Togiola pairing... [more]

Budgeting for jet for PNG PM should be reconsidered, says Commerce Chamber
The Papua New Guinea Chamber of Commerce says the Government should reconsider its plans to buy a jet aircraft for the Prime Minister's use. The Treasurer Patrick Pruaitch unveiled a... [more]

NZ wineries given 5-star rating
Respected American wine commentator Robert Parker Jnr has given five-star ratings to New Zealand wineries. [more]

Key sworn in as Prime Minister
New Zealand has a new Prime Minister. National Partly leader John Key was sworn in as the country's 38th leader during a ceremony at Parliament on Wednesday. [more]

Men armed with machete rob Auckland supermarket
Police are appealing for information about an audacious robbery of an Auckland supermarket at knifepoint. [more]

Jury retires in South Auckland murder retrial
A jury in the retrial of a man accused of murder during a gang brawl in South Auckland has retired for the night. [more]